On the tiny isolated island of Taumako, located in the eastern fringe of the Solomon Islands, live about 500 people who build and sail traditional voyaging canoes in the way of the ancient Polynesians. To learn more about them, go to the Pacific Traditions website.
The Paraw is a double outrigger sail boat found in the Philippines. The paraw is similar to a proa, however, the paraw has two outrigger(s) or katig. With a fresh breeze, and an Ilonggo at the helm, the paraw is a strikingly fast boat, making 20 to 30 kph through the waves.
If you live in Southeast Asia, take a trip to the Philippines and see the amazing Iloilo Paraw Regatta starting February 13th.
The Maltese Falcon... 279' long, wow. Click to view slide show. You might be impressed by the yacht, but I'm impressed bythe amount of time it must have taken to design this yacht; all the myriad details of this huge beautiful complicated thing. And I ask myself, how did the owner (Tom Perkins) make time for this? The whole idea of leisure time - whether spent doing nothing, or spent doing something like designing one's yacht - is strange, alien.
..ebbene sì.. ..nonostante tutto ancora preferisco le regate sulle derive alla crociera.. ..ed i toast alla piastra anzichè "fritti".. ..e adesso, per ri-bilanciare il karma di questa colonna.. ..qui sotto una video-markettona vetero-nazionalista-buonista-finto-ecologista tanto ben confezionata quanto straziante..
I'm not going to name names because what happens on the boat stays on the boat. Or something like that. I even have photographic evidence but am holding that in my special blackmail folder I keep on all people that I know (or know about). But I do have to tell the story.
From Sailing Yak
A simple and easy way for people to go sailing is by adding akas, amas, a mast and sail to a kayak.
Fortunately for us, Chesapeake Light Craft has an excellent kit (The SailRig™ MK2) that converts most kayaks and canoes into sailing trimarans. "Mounted on a single kayak, the acceleration is neck-snapping, with good handling upwind and down and 9-knot potential. Ten-foot beam gives you monolithic stability (and thus sail carrying power with no hiking out), but the whole rig can be dismantled for cartopping in a half-hour. The SailRig™ MK2 components weigh only about 30lbs total."
"While the CLC SailRig™-equipped kayak is a proper sailboat by any measure, the beauty of the design is that you get your kayak back when you're done sailing. With the SailRig™ removed, all that's left are four eyebolts and an easily hidden mast step: no bulky reinforcements or heavy gear. No worries if the wind dies, because the aka (crossbeam) spacing permits a paddling stroke with the SailRig™ in place.
Fast sailing kayak-trimarans open up all sorts of adventure possibilities. The compact kayak and rig can be cartopped to some far-flung archipelago, assembled on the beach, loaded with gear, and sailed 40+ miles in eight hours. If the wind dies, you paddle. In good weather, long crossings can be contemplated, and a theoretical voyage might carry you 250 miles or more in six days."